|Bid||1,476.91 x 1800|
|Ask||1,479.70 x 1000|
|Day's Range||1,476.59 - 1,482.60|
|52 Week Range||1,237.89 - 1,501.80|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.07|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||526.33|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||72.50 (4.89%)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
JPMorgan will lead things off for the banks Tuesday and Bank of America will follow up on Wednesday before the open. JPMorgan is a holding in Jim Cramer's Action Alerts PLUS member club. Want to be alerted before Jim Cramer buys or sells JPM?
Investing.com - Shares of athleticwear giant Nike (NYSE:NKE) rose in midday trading, setting an all-time high thanks to an upgrade from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (NYSE:BAC) that said the company can move past the troubles it’s faced for three years.
Third-quarter earnings season ramps up, with big banks leading off. Data releases this week will address retail, housing, and the health of the broader economy.
The coming week’s docket of economic reports and earnings releases comes just following the Trump administration’s announcement of a partial trade deal with China late last week.
Earnings season kicks off next week with the big banks reporting first. Analysts say the key for earnings at the large financial institutions will be expense control.
New York banking giant has 10 western Pennsylvania branches in the works according to regulatory filings, pulling very close to Bank of America's numbers.
On Thursday, Barclays CEO Jes Staley called pressure on the stock “deeply frustrating,” citing three causes for its poor performance: Brexit, low interest rates, and lingering regulatory measures that stemmed from the financial crisis.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Strategists at Bank of America Corp. published a report on Friday that said “the Fed needs a bazooka of asset purchases.” However, they said, that’s unlikely to happen, and the central bank will probably buy only $25 billion to $50 billion a month in Treasury bills, “to guard against the perception of QE.”Well, the Federal Reserve brought the heavy artillery.The bank announced on Friday that it will begin purchasing $60 billion of bills a month, starting Oct. 15, to keep control over short-term interest-rate markets. It will keep doing so “at least into the second quarter of next year,” which gives officials some flexibility to change the pace and length of purchases. On top of that, the Fed will continue to conduct overnight and term repo operations until at least January, presumably to ensure there are no serious flare-ups in short-term interest rates around the end of the year.A few things stand out about this announcement. First is the timing. Presenting the Fed’s plan now, rather than as part of its Oct. 30 interest-rate decision, is a transparent effort to emphasize that the bill purchases are not about easing monetary policy but rather a more mechanical process of adding reserves. Indeed, the central bank noted in its statement that “these actions are purely technical measures” and “purchases of Treasury bills likely will have little if any impact on the level of longer-term interest rates and broader financial conditions.”In other words, it’s not QE. (Which is still true, by the way.)At the same time, the magnitude of the purchases seems destined to complicate the message for Fed Chair Jerome Powell and other policy makers. Yes, the $60 billion a month is probably rooted in some analysis of what needed to, as the statement says, “ensure that the supply of reserves remains ample even during periods of sharp increases in non-reserve liabilities.” But the figure is nonetheless a bit of sticker shock to traders who just three months ago were dealing with a period of balance-sheet reduction.Since the Fed announced it would stop balance-sheet normalization, it has cut interest rates twice, and the bond market is indicating it could do so again later this month. Basically, the end of the runoff ushered in a wave of rate cuts. Now the central bank is actively buying bills. Even though it’s technical in nature, it’s going to be a continuing battle to convince traders that the fed funds rate could hold steady in the next several months if the economic data come in as expected.It’s true, as Bank of America notes, that the Fed has already added about $180 billion in reserves through repo operations. But revealing outright Treasury purchases nevertheless signals that the central bank overestimated how far it could reduce its balance sheet without straining implementation of its monetary policy. Bank of America, in its “bazooka” comment, said the Fed could consider adding firepower by buying short-term Treasury notes as well, but the central bank stopped short of that. For almost two years, the Fed was allowing some of its maturing debt to run off, in what former Chair Janet Yellen once equated to “watching paint dry.” That gradual approach worked when reserves were on their way down. On the way up, we have what Bloomberg Intelligence’s Ira Jersey calls a “big bang.” If there’s one thing made clear by this announcement, it’s that the Fed is ready and willing to pull out all the stops to tame the short-term rate markets after their tantrum last month.To contact the author of this story: Brian Chappatta at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Daniel Niemi at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Brian Chappatta is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering debt markets. He previously covered bonds for Bloomberg News. He is also a CFA charterholder.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- After spending almost the whole year betting Brexit woes would weaken the pound, traders are now on red alert as the potential for a divorce deal sends sterling flying higher.The U.K. currency jumped the most over two days since 2009 after Thursday’s positive meeting between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Ireland’s Premier Leo Varadkar. That was followed by further supportive comments, before a recommendation that Britain and the European Union enter into line-by-line negotiations on a Brexit accord.Markets are taking these developments to be a game-changer. One-month options have never shown a stronger bias in favor of contracts to buy the pound, based on Bloomberg data going back to 2003. U.K. bank stocks surged along with domestically focused equities and government bonds sank for a third day.The “pivotal moment” of a meeting between the British and Irish leaders was enough to convince strategists at Deutsche Bank AG to terminate a recommendation to sell sterling. Further progress on talks before the end of the month would risk greater pain for traders betting against the currency, and also spell danger for holders of U.K. government bonds and FTSE 100 stocks.“We cannot recall a time during the Brexit process of the last year at which the Irish government raised expectations to this extent,” wrote Oliver Harvey and George Saravelos, strategists at Deutsche Bank, who forecast correctly in 2015 that the pound would drop to its weakest level since 1985 in the following years. “We are no longer negative on the pound.”The pound stormed higher after Varadkar and Johnson said Thursday they could see a pathway to a deal before the Brexit deadline of Oct. 31. While much uncertainty still remains, if Ireland -- one of the most important protagonists in talks -- sees a way forward, that could at the least help avoid a crash exit, the worst-case outcome for the U.K. economy and the pound.European Council President Donald Tusk said Friday he has received “promising signals” that a Brexit deal is possible. A meeting between the European Commission’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier and his British counterpart Stephen Barclay was also described by both sides as being “constructive.” Barnier recommended that detailed talks can begin in earnest.Risk reversals, a barometer of market sentiment and positioning, surged for options that benefit from a stronger sterling. And demand for pound calls, which give the right to buy the currency, outweighs that for puts at a 2:1 ratio since the Johnson-Varadkar meeting, according to data from the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation.It’s potentially bad news for hedge funds and asset managers, which were structurally short the U.K. currency, holding a net position close to record highs, according to U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data.The pound gained 1.9% to $1.2678 by 3:00 p.m. in London Friday, following a 1.9% jump on Thursday. U.K. government bonds fell, sending 10-year yields 11 basis points higher to 0.70% as a Brexit deal may bode well for the economy and inflation.The currency may rally even more should a lack of bad news between the negotiating parties begin to turn into materially good news, according to Nomura International Plc strategist Jordan Rochester. The bank is recommending investors short the euro versus sterling. The pound jumped 1.4% to 87.20 pence per euro, reaching its strongest level since May.The U.K.’s FTSE 100 index rose 0.5%, but underperformed a rally of nearly 2% for the STOXX Europe 600 Index as a stronger pound may dent earnings from abroad. Both Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc and Lloyds Banking Group Plc climbed more than 12%, rallying with homebuilders, domestically focused stocks on the FTSE 250 index, and Irish equities.Shorts WhackedInvestors remain more cautious on sterling’s longer-term prospects. A September fund manager survey from Bank of America showed the U.K. has been the least favored region by investors in terms of equity allocation globally. Thirty percent of fund managers said they were underweight U.K. stocks.While demand for options that look for a weaker pound has waned, the market is still biased in favor of downside protection. That may partly reflect the dollar’s allure amid global growth concerns and trade jitters. A further improvement in market sentiment could come from trade talks between the U.S. and China, and that in turn may see bets on a stronger pound gain additional traction.“Momentum feeds momentum in sterling,” said Lars Merklin, a strategist at Danske Bank A/S. “Without more details it is impossible to say this time is the big one where a deal gets done.”(Updates with Bank of America survey, Danske comment.)\--With assistance from Blaise Robinson.To contact the reporters on this story: Vassilis Karamanis in Athens at firstname.lastname@example.org;John Ainger in London at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Paul Dobson at firstname.lastname@example.org, Neil ChatterjeeFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
In 2011, Warren Buffett invested $5 billion in Bank of America (BAC). BAC is now Berkshire Hathaway's second-largest holding and is worth about $27 billion.
Deposits in the neighborhood's branches were essentially flat year-over-year, and three of six locations reported net decreases in deposits, according to FDIC data.
Exxon Mobil Corp has appointed Bank of America Merrill Lynch to run the sale of its Malaysian oil and gas assets as the U.S. firm accelerates a vast disposal program, banking and industry sources said. The Malaysian assets, which include stakes in two large fields, are expected to fetch up to $3 billion, the sources said.
(Bloomberg) -- For Indian equity investors looking for an uptick in earnings growth, the wait has got longer.A slowdown in domestic growth and the lingering shadow banking crisis mean the September-quarter results season that kicks off Thursday will be similar to one seen over several quarters in recent years -- tepid and patchy.Analysts expect to see a contraction in profits across most industries, with Edelweiss Securities Ltd. forecasting sales growth for the stocks it tracks to be the lowest in a decade. The series of steps taken by the government to revive growth, including the $20 billion tax cut for companies, are too recent to reflect in the quarterly report cards, although analysts have since raised their estimates for 12-month forward earnings.“Overall, we expect a soft quarter and earnings revival could still take some time,” Edelweiss Securities Ltd. analysts Prateek Parekh and Padmavati Udecha wrote in a note on Oct. 7. The brokerage’s forecast for sales growth excludes banks and commodities-related companies.NSE Nifty 50 Index earnings for the year to March will shrink by about 4% from a year earlier, according to Edelweiss and Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd.Software exporters and industrial companies’ earnings growth likely fell below 5%, retail banks, oil refiners and consumer discretionary firms may post profit expansion topping 25%, Edelweiss’ Parekh and Udecha wrote.Earnings risks continue to be tilted to the downside because of the slowing economy, uneven asset quality patterns seen in financial-services companies and depressed commodity prices, according to Motilal Oswal.“At this point, tax rate cuts will largely limit the downgrades rather than driving big upgrades on the earnings front,” the brokerage said in a recent note.Here’s what brokerages expect from the earnings season that gets underway Thursday with results from Asia’s top software exporter Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.Kotak Institutional EquitiesWhile Nifty index’s pre-tax earnings are seen declining, banks led by Axis Bank Ltd., ICICI Bank Ltd. and State Bank of India Ltd. should post 34% growth, analysts led by Sanjeev Prasad wrote in Oct. 7 note.Pharmaceuticals are a top pick as the domestic drug business could see 10-12% growth from a year earlier.Motilal OswalProfit before tax for the firm's universe to grow 2% year-on-year but net profit to drop 6%, dragged by automobiles and metals. Ex-financials, PBT/PAT to decline 14% and 8% YoY.Private banks, consumer, cement and capital goods will provide some respite.Top picks: SBI, ICICI, HDFC among large-cap stocks; mid-cap bets include Indian Hotels, M&M Financials, Colgate and AlkemCitigroup Inc.Expects 3% decline in profit before tax for Nifty index; profit before tax ex-financials is expected to decline 12%Expects weak trends across consumer names, commodities, financials and pharmaceuticalsTop picks: Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd., HDFC Ltd. and HCL Technologies Ltd.Bank of America Merrill LynchEconomic growth spurred by tax cuts is a ‘second order effect’ and may take time.Nifty’s EPS up by about 7% because of tax cuts but difficult to justify upside to the index based on ‘first order effect’ of the reduction.Prefer financials, industrials, cement; overweight software exporters as a hedge against currency risks.Antique Stock BrokingPoor consumer demand and narrower margins for commodities-related companies will weigh on Nifty profits. Antique will revise its 13,100 year-end target after the results season. The index was little changed at 11,135.85 at 11 a.m. in Mumbai.Margins for steelmakers to narrow sequentially due to weak demand, while upstream oil players’ profitability will be eroded by lower oil prices.(Adds section on analyst comments)\--With assistance from Ravil Shirodkar and Nupur Acharya.To contact the reporters on this story: Ishika Mookerjee in Singapore at email@example.com;Abhishek Vishnoi in Singapore at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lianting Tu at email@example.com, Margo Towie, Ravil ShirodkarFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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(Bloomberg) -- The Federal Reserve announced that it will extend through October the ad hoc liquidity lifeline that it’s been offering to U.S. funding markets since a spike in rates in the middle of last month.The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Friday that it will conduct operations for overnight repurchase agreements through Nov. 4, having previously only scheduled them through Oct. 10. The central bank also announced eight new term offerings to provide additional funding through this month.The central bank has been injecting liquidity into the funding markets since Sept. 17, when the rate on overnight general collateral repo jumped to 10%, about four times greater than usual levels, as cash reserves were out of alignment with the volume of securities on dealer balance sheets.“This tells me that they’re serious about providing liquidity through the end of the month,” said Mark Cabana, Bank of America‘s head of U.S. interest-rate strategy. “This type of announcement, just like a couple of weeks ago, is a ‘whatever it takes’ type of announcement.”These measures are officially aimed at keeping the fed funds rate within the central bank’s target range. While those measures did bring the market more in line with this, there was a brief move upward in repo rates at the end of September as participants fulfilled quarter-end funding needs.Prior to Friday’s announcement, some market observers had also flagged the potential for further repo-market squalls in the fourth quarter -- possibly as soon as next week.Bank of America’s Cabana said the measures announced by the central bank had exceeded his expectations.“The fact that they are willing to roll this deeper into November and to commit for such a long schedule suggests that they want to provide transparency,” he said. “They’ve heard that from the market and the Desk is being responsive to concerns.”(Updates with comment, additional details.)To contact the reporter on this story: Alexandra Harris in New York at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Benjamin Purvis at email@example.comFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.